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U.S. responds to China foreign minister’s five-country Africa tour

China’s foreign minister’s first trip abroad, like all visits, began with a trip to Africa. It marked the 33rd consecutive year the continent was the destination of Chinese foreign minister’s annual first overseas visit. That trip was followed by a subsequent trip to Africa by the U.S. Treasury Secretary. The new Chinese foreign minister and former Chinese ambassador to the...

Africa and China’s growing alliance and the de-Westernization of the continent

China’s new foreign minister Qin Gang made his first trip abroad January 9-16 to the continent of Africa. His trip comes amid changes in how the continent views the West.  It is the decoupling of Western hegemony is how Dr. Tony Monterio describes Africa’s growing dissatisfaction with the U.S.-led Western powers. He told Africa Watch that it was Gang’s first...

Will South Africa’s president survive ‘Farmgate’ until national elections?

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid figure—once suggested as Nelson Mandela’s successor to the presidency—has been mired in a scandal that involves undeclared money. Recently, a stash of U.S. currency was discovered in the cushions of a couch on a farm owned by the president. According to several media reports, Ramaphosa declared he is innocent of charges that he...

Controversy ignites as comedian Kevin Hart says Blacks were kings in Egypt 

“History is above all our studies the most attractive and best qualified to reward our research. As it develops the springs and motives of human actions and displays the consequence of circumstances, which operates most powerfully on the destinies of the human being.” —The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad According to Middle East Eye, some Egyptians have taken the term...

 Blackouts in South Africa and recent summit designed to destabilize continent, says analyst 

During a wide-ranging interview with Africa Watch, Redge Nkosi, the Pretoria-based founder and executive director of First Source Money and Public Banking of South Africa, he referenced the recent Biden administration-sponsored U.S.-Africa Summit and domestic issues happening in South Africa.  He discussed the current president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, who has had trouble explaining why between $400,000-$5 million of...

A year of challenges and opportunities in Africa

Africa will be remembered in 2022 as the year of the “Sirens of apocalypse: UN climate report warns of worst to come.” Adding insult to this was the Ukraine-Russia war which has limited access to wheat, on a continent that in the past has said its arable land could feed the globe. Cold War revisited the continent, and U.S....

Some observers wary of the deal between Sudan’s military and civilian political parties

Knee-deep in Sudanese political formulations is how I’m defining my 2021-2022. While I’m writing this, my wife Zakia who is from Sudan, is appearing on Al-Watan TV from Turkey. In Arabic, she is explaining her organization’s response to the announcement by Sudanese parties of an initial political framework agreement. Her organization is called “Sudan Future Campaign” (SFC). They say initial...

African groups discuss goals ahead of U.S.-Africa summit

A collective of organizations met days ahead of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to discuss several pressing crises on the African continent that they said the Biden Administration should focus on during and after the gathering. At Final Call presstime 49 African heads of state, civil society, diaspora communities across the United States, and the private sector were gathering for...

Progress of West African nations must be forged through cooperative economics

Last month Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, called on member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to remove what he described as “outdated physical and psychological boundaries and other colonially-inspired differences” for the region to progress economically. Buhari, who because of the two-term limit cannot run again for a third-term in the upcoming February...

Sudan’s military regime wants U.S. support for stability, but at what cost?

Sudan is geo-strategically important to the United States’ interests in both Africa and the Middle East. The country’s military rulers are the October 2021 coup leaders, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known as ‘Hemedti’). They are seeking to press the Biden administration to focus its Sudan policy on “stability,” rather than supporting...